Apple will no longer get away: iPhones will switch to Type-C

European Parliament accepted directive obliging electronics manufacturers to switch to a single standard for powering and charging devices. USB Type-C is recognized as such a standard.

From the end of 2024, all mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, wireless headphones, digital cameras, handheld game consoles, e-readers, computer peripherals and navigation systems sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. From the spring of 2026, this requirement will begin to apply to laptops.

The European Parliament directive applies to all manufacturers, including Apple, which still equips its smartphones with a proprietary Lightning port. The lawmakers’ requirement will allow Apple to release another flagship iPhone series with Lightning in 2023, and starting in 2024, the company will most likely have to switch its mobile devices to USB Type-C. The connector of this standard is already used in new iPad models.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is testing iPhones with a USB Type-C port and may introduce support for this standard as early as 2023 with the release of the iPhone 15 series. However, if desired, Apple will be able to supply smartphones with USB Type-C to EU countries and with Lightning to other markets.

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